76% done with Stoner

The affair with Katherine Driscoll is just heart wrenching. What would I have done? Would I have been as powerless, too? Life just keeps beating him down the way his parents beat the soil of their farm down until they were consumed by it.

I don’t know how many times I’ve thought “if this were a novel than it would have worked out different”, forgetting I am reading a novel. The reality is almost too much.